Lisa Wiedmeier, the author of four novels, said she never considered herself to be a writer. During this interview, the author who describes herself as “taming the wilderness of her imagination one story at a time,” discussed what encouraged her to write the Timeless Series. “[It’s] about overcoming obstacles, holding strong and fighting the good fight without giving up. Becoming the person you were meant to be.”
Wiedmeier discovered that meant she should become a writer despite several challenges. “English wasn’t my strongest subject in school. I’m dyslexic; even speaking clearly at times can be a challenge. But, I’ve made up for it in other places. My mind is like a playground where I roam freely, my special world to make and break anything to my heart’s content.”
The ability to explore imaginary worlds allows Wiedmeier to look everywhere for inspiration. She said, “A lot of things inspire me to write, my surroundings, new faces, or in this case rings. The Timeless Series came about because of two simple rings. I looked deeper and saw a story emerging. I took what was unique and twisted it into a tale of mystery, romance and adventure.”
While her stories are pure fiction, Wiedmeier describes herself as “real.” She likes conversing on social media and her blog to create relationships with her fans. She also doesn’t use a pen name to write. “I write under my own name, my real name,” she said. “I know, I should have probably chosen something easier to spell like Lisa Lynn, not to mention easier to find, but I wanted Wiedmeier on my books. I wanted to make my husband proud that I slapped his last name on there. Of course, now he tells me I shouldn’t have, go figure.”
“I want to connect with the people who read my work. I want to get to know them, to develop a relationship with them. I want to be their friend.” She quipped, “Okay, in reality I want them to be my friend, but who’s taking sides? I have days where I write a whole forty-five words, and it sucks, big time. I’m just as real as the next person. From time to time I need words of encouragement and need that cheering section telling me I’m not that bad, that I don’t really suck all the time.”
Her cheering section is there because Wiedmeier’s fans connect with her characters. “When I write, the emotions pour out, the laughter, the crying, the heartache…those are my personal feelings in my work that I share with you. I cry when my characters cry. I’m lonely when they’re lonely. I’m at my end when they’re at their end. They’re all a part of me, the real me, and I think that’s why my fans love the characters so much. They can connect with them as I do, and I love that.”
The latest book in the Timeless Series is “Cheyenne.” Wiedmeier’s description of the book is concise, “Murder, romance, secrets, hidden pasts and deception from every angle, but who’s telling the truth?” In the book, Cheyenne Wilson’s life is thrown into turmoil after her adoptive parents are killed in an accident. Cheyenne is a Timeless, a being that ages one year for every hundred human years, once they reach their twenties. She’s part of a royal bloodline. Destined to gain great power, but walled in by danger and with few she can trust, Cheyenne must come to terms with her true identity and choose between a forbidden love or destiny.
How did Wiedmeier discover she was meant to be a writer? “Prior to 2009, I’d never written more than checks for my bills. I hadn’t picked up a book in over twenty years to read for enjoyment because I didn’t have time. I was too busy doing other things…like raising my children, growing my business, and life in general. Then suddenly I hit a brick wall. Everything I held near and dear to me didn’t matter anymore. My husband saw it coming and told me to slow down, but I didn’t. I’m a do-er, always have been. You can’t ask a do-er to slow down because it’s not in their DNA.”
It was during that time Wiedmeier realized she had a desire to write. She said, “I found a passion, a drive that had been kept in the dark for many years. My writing passion is here to stay, and I hope to produce many more books for readers to enjoy. I am currently working on the fourth novel and will continue with the series as long as the fans desire it.”
Learn more about Lisa Wiedmeier on her website at www.lisawiedmeier.com, where you can also find links to her Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.